Gabriel Martins, Cello
American cellist Gabriel Martins (b. 1998) is a prize-winner of the David Popper International Cello Competition, Orford Music Award, Prague Spring International Music Competition, Sphinx Competition, and International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. His performances have brought him around the globe to venues such as Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Teatro Gran Rex in Buenos Aires, and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. In the words of esteemed cellist Ralph Kirshbaum, Martins has "revealed heart, passion, intellect, and a finely-nuanced palette of colors in a compelling manner worthy of a seasoned artist."
Martins has performed as soloist with the Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra, Fukuda Ensemble (São Paulo), Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, New Russia State Symphony Orchestra, Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, and USC Thornton Symphony, among others. His recent recital performances include an appearance on the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago. He has collaborated in chamber music with artists such as Miriam Fried, Edgar Meyer, and Csaba Onczay. During the 2018/19 season, he was invited by Miriam Fried on a tour with Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, consisting of concerts in Boston, Chicago, New York City, and elsewhere. Martins is also the newest member of the SAKURA Cello Quintet, which has been described as "brilliant" and "superb" by the Los Angeles Times.
Growing up in Bloomington Indiana, Martins began playing the cello when he was five, studying with Susan Moses at the Indiana University String Academy. He has since enjoyed fellowships at the Ravinia Stean's Music Institute, Orford Music Academy, Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, and Aspen Music Festival and School, where he won the Low Strings Concerto Competition. He went on to pursue his undergraduate studies with Ralph Kirshbaum at the USC Thornton School of Music (Class of 2019), where he won both the concerto competition and solo Bach competition in his freshman year.